Pino Daniele

Self-taught guitarist Pino Daniele recorded his first album at the age of 22 and from the beginning of his career, it was clear that his passion lay in rock and blues. Greatly influenced by his own cultural background, his music is a successful fusion of tradition and modernity that develops into his solo debut, Terra Mia, sung in Neapolitan, in which Pino Daniele creates the first example of what he calls "taramblù," a combination of tarantella, rhumba, and blues.

In 1980 Daniele was invited to open for reggae superstar Bob Marley for his show in Milan and in 1985 he released Live Scio', which contains some releases from live concerts at the Festival Of Montreux, in Switzerland, at the Arena Of Verona, and at the Olympia in Paris, in which his friend Gato Barbieri played the sax.

In 1989 Daniele took a step toward greater commercial success with the release of the pop record Mascalzone Latino. The singer also teamed up with fellow Italian stars Francesco DeGregori, Ron, and Fiorella Mannoia and In 2005 Daniele released Iguana Café, another studio record.

He played at Crossroads Guitar Festival 2010, organized by Eric Clapton and on June 24, 2011 in Salerno, Italy, Pino Daniele performed side by side with the English superstar in a sold out show at the Stadio di Cava de' Tirreni. In 2012 he returned in the US for three sold-out shows in New York City (Apollo Theatre), Boston (Berklee Performance Center) and at the historical Howard Theatre in Washington (DC Jazz Festival). On March 20th of 2012 he released “La Grande Madre”, produced by his label Blue Drag.

Throughout his legendary career, he shared the stage and collaborated with some of the most influential musicians of our time, such as Pat Metheny, Richie Havens, Randy Crawford, Don Cherry, Wayne Shorter, Chick Corea, Billy Cobham, Al Di Meola and Luciano Pavarotti.

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